If you missed it the first time around now’s the time to catch it on the big screen.
Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers is just as fun but has added layers of character that have grown through various other Marvel films. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World) With themes of gods and monsters, legacy and some good old fashioned daddy issues it all combines to make an action packed flick that has some real depth.
Tony Stark is still suffering from PSTD in the sense that he still feels responsible for the safety of everyone and is all too aware of what’s hiding on other planets, ready to attack. After The Avengers retrieve Loki’s sceptre from Hydra at the beginning of the film, Stark discovers artificial intelligence within the stone in the sceptre and he sets to building a global defence system.
Stark creates Ultron and after spending five minutes on the Internet, Ultron decides human extinction is the best way to save Earth. So it’s up to The Avengers to defeat Ultron and at the same time face up to their own individual fears and realities of the lives they’re living.
James Spader is perfectly cast as Ultron, his voice has gravitas and a deeply creepy undertone but also gets some of the biggest laughs. Ultron is in many ways, like a child. He sees the world in black and white and has a child’s frustration and rage at not getting his own way. It’s a wonderful character.
Ultron is aided by ‘The Twins’ Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch AKA Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Orphaned at 10 they were taken by Hydra and experimented on, creating Quicksilver’s speed and Scarlet Witch’s ability to manipulate energy and get inside people’s minds. While they’re not quite as badass as I would have liked, it’s good to have some fresh blood on the screen.
There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to Age of Ultron but all you really need to know is, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours and as always with films like these, it’s well worth seeing on the big screen.
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